Priorities, the post-birthday edition

October 9, 2009 at 10:37 pm | Posted in Characters, Eya (Aescuri), Ezza (Xenzzarn), Preparing for Cataclysm | Leave a comment

Truthfully, I don’t think this particular fact bears much on my WoW plans, but I did turn 44 this week and did have a very happy birthday.

What I’ve noticed in the few days since my frequent leveling partner Aerayn decided to let WoW rest for now is that leveling without her company simply isn’t as much fun. Furthermore, I’ve got this little raft of characters all within a few levels of each other, which means doing a lot of the same stuff repeatedly in close succession. Even changing the zones emphasized and stuff like that still means doing pretty much the same kind of stuff.

At the same time, I’ve been looking at the preview information for the next patch, 3.3, and thinking thusly: “I don’t think I could have a character ready to raid Icecrown Citadel when it debuts. But if I am quite sure I can’t have a character who isn’t already level 80 and with some substantial experience under their belt ready anytime soon at all.” Can I get Aescuri and/or Xenzzarn fit for it? Dunno. But it seems worth trying.

There’s a practicality here when it comes to money. 3 new characters each reaching level 68 means 1000g for each of them to learn cold-weather flying, for instance. Now, Aescuri already has her epic flying, but Xenzzarn doesn’t, and it’s 7000g. Waiting on the leveling-up characters would put me 3Kg closer to getting her moving fast. Likewise with the expenses of gems, enchantments, and the like.

I’m definitely not planning to abandon any of the characters I’ve brought so far lately, but I like the idea of refining the ones already at the top for a while.

In the meantime, I indulged in some renaming, for a simple reason: not all names that look good written out sound good when pronounced by someone in voice chat while giving directions or advice, particular when the speaker is in a hurry. Therefore, Aescuri the hunter is now Eya the hunter, and Xenzzarn the shaman is now Ezza the shaman.

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Post #22: In after the patch, too!

September 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm | Posted in Characters, Eya (Aescuri) | 2 Comments

Sure enough, there was patch 3.2.2 today, and with half an hour of servers becoming available, 10 of us in Blacksky Company were deep in Dustwallow Marsh, dashing up to Onyxia’s lair. Conflict ensued!

It was great. The structure of the fight is the same: a phase of beating her up on the ground, a phase of trying to beat her up and not get toasted while she’s in the air and waves of whelplings hatch and attack, and another phase on the ground. But phase 2 is now substantially more complicated, with a steady procession of elite dragonkin warders and guardians marching in from the entrance tunnel and many, many, many whelplings. It took as long for us to get her from 65% health (when phase 1 ends) to 40% (when phase 3 begins) as all the rest of the fight, and that was after several wipes in phase 2 or 3.

But we did, in the end, get her, and one of her pieces of loot was the updated dragonstalker helm:

So I’m very well-pleased.

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